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Instacart is firing every employee who voted to unionize

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UPDATED: Friday, January 22, 2021 21:59
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Instacart is laying off every employee who voted to unionize, Motherboard reports. The news comes as the company shuts down in-store operations at some grocery stores amid the coronavirus pandemic and doubles down on curbside pickups.

The layoffs impact 10 unionized workers at a grocery store called Mariano’s, in addition to other Instacart employees. The group in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, voted to unionize last year with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546 (UFCW). It was a landmark victory for gig workers and represented “the first time employees of tech companies that rely predominantly on contract labor have formed a union to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions,” according to my colleague Nick Statt.

Employees were in the process of negotiating their first contract when news of the layoffs hit. “These layoffs are totally discouraging for any gig workers who are trying to do something to make these jobs better,” one unionized worker told Motherboard. They said they were fighting for health insurance and vacation time in their initial contract.

UFCW told Motherboard the layoffs will impact nearly 2,000 of the company’s 10,000 grocery store workers.


THE NEWS COULD HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT ON OTHER ORGANIZING EFFORTS


MORE AT the verge.com

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Friday, January 22, 2021 9:59 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


The "gig" economy is especially bad for people who work in anything involving tech where all transactions have a digital trail.

Not only are they fucked from the double dip the Government takes out of them for 100% of the Social Security and Medicaid taxes that a regular employee only has to pay 50% with the employer paying the other half, but they can't even pocket a few bucks here or there to offset this mega cash rape.


Add driving to the mix (Uber or Instacart delivery) and you're triple fucked since you're putting a ton of wear and tear on what is probably a dated vehicle and is also probably your only means of getting around. (And obviously you're immediately without any income at all if it fails).


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